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March 22, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY COCAINE DEALER SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS PRISON
Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Nora Elsaid Yahya, age 45, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, today to 15 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute crack and powder cocaine.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Chief of Police Roberto L. Hylton of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
According to Yahya’s guilty plea, on February 5, 2009, a search warrant was executed at her residence in Upper Marlboro. Immediately before the warrant was executed agents saw a light on in one of the upstairs bedrooms. When agents entered the house, Yahya was observed coming down the stairway from the second floor. The only other occupant of the residence was located in the first floor living room. During a search of the second floor, officers recovered approximately two kilograms of cocaine, six grams of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia including spoons, a sifter, razor blades, scale, plastic baggies, kilogram wrappers and approximately $64,820 in cash. The bedrooms where the items were recovered contained only female clothing and numerous documents and identification cards of Yahya. In the kitchen the agents recovered additional drug paraphernalia. Agents seized an additional 68 grams of crack cocaine and a scale from the Cadillac Escalade which was parked in the driveway. Yahya’s fingerprints and DNA were recovered from the bags of crack cocaine and scale found in the car. Her fingerprints were also recovered from the drug paraphernalia found in the kitchen.
In all, approximately 1,963 grams of cocaine and 69 grams of crack cocaine were seized.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Deborah A. Johnston and Mara B. Zusman, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.